Palace appealing for actors, stage hands

MANSFIELD’s Palace Theatre is appealing for budding actors or backstage volunteers for its community theatre production Not Much Matches Mansfield.

The play is part of this July’s Mansfield Arts Festival and is made up of six mini-plays and a finale combining the town’s history with views from the present.

It also asks what the future may hold for Mansfield and its communities.

The plays will be performed on 14th and 15th July in settings across the town such as the Market Place and St Peter’s Church grounds.

Director of the play, Christopher Neil, said: “Although there are currently 50 people involved there is still room for more performers. Whether you are a seasoned player or fancy taking up the new challenge of acting in this memorable ensemble piece, this is the play for you.

He added: “It will be a wonderful opportunity to bring performers and audience members together in the beautiful settings we are using around the town.

“People from far and near can celebrate Mansfield and its people through this play, and it’s guaranteed to cause a laugh or two and even make us debate the future.”

The plays are made up of popular local tales presented in a fun and entertaining way to get a few laughs while highlighting issues for Mansfield and surrounding areas.

Examples include a short history of Mansfield called In The Beginning and a look at the town’s more prosperous times in Party Town, followed by plays which look at the troublesome present and what the future holds for Mansfield folk.

The project has been made possible through Arts Council England funding and help from local businesses.

If you would like to get involved either as a performer or as a backstage volunteer on the performance days please phone Christopher Neil at the Palace on 01623 412921 or email cneil@mansfield.gov.uk for more information.